Clinton To Blast Trump On North Korea, NATO In Foreign Policy Speech
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will berate Republican Donald Trump for being too friendly with North Korea and too harsh on European allies on Thursday in a foreign policy speech in California designed to portray the billionaire businessman as unfit for the White House.The speech in San Diego comes as the former secretary of state seeks to shift her attention to the Nov. 8 presidential election against likely rival Trump and away from Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont who is continuing his longshot bid for the Democratic nomination.Trump has said he would sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program and has criticized the decades-old NATO alliance with mainly European nations as obsolete and too costly for the United States.“It’s important that people understand this is not just about Republican versus Democrat, that Trump is unlike any presidential candidate we have seen and he is fundamentally unfit to be our commander in chief,” Clinton aide Jake Sullivan said in an interview before the speech.
California, the most populous U.S. state, is among six states that hold Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday.Clinton already has a nearly insurmountable lead over Sanders in the delegate count, but is hoping a decisive win in California can help her clinch the nomination and quell concerns about divisions in the party before the general election.
Several polls show the race tightening and Clinton is hoping to stave off an embarrassing loss in California, where Sanders has been vigorously campaigning. On Thursday, he planned a rally with actress Susan Sarandon in Modesto, California.Clinton has already delivered several speeches on foreign policy and national security. Her address in San Diego will not break new policy ground, but will mainly respond to Trump’s recent comments, her campaign said.
The former U.S. senator from New York will argue that Trump’s statement that he would be willing to talk to Kim Jong Un, made in a Reuters interview in May, has only emboldened the North Korean leader, Sullivan said.A column this week in DPRK Today, one of North Korea’s state mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and Clinton as “thick-headed Hillary.”“Donald Trump’s statements about North Korea show that he has more interest in making Kim Jong Un like him than backing up our friends and allies in the region,” Sullivan said, noting that South Korea has worked with the United States on missile defense.
Trump’s remarks on the decades-old NATO alliance of 28 nations will also elicit a response from Clinton, Sullivan said. The New York businessman has said member nations should pay for their own defense to ease the U.S. financial burden and that the alliance itself needs reconfiguring.Sullivan, who worked with Clinton at the U.S. State Department, said burden-sharing is “not a novel point” within NATO and that Clinton will highlight her record of getting allies to “step up” and share defense costs.Clinton, however, would not walk away from the alliance, which coordinates with the United States on counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation and other issues, Sullivan said.Other states holding nominating contests on June 7 are Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.California Governor Jerry Brown this week endorsed Clinton in the Democratic contest, saying she was the “only path forward” to “stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
Brussels Bombers Had Planned To Attack France Again Prosecutors
The militant cell behind bombings in Brussels had been plotting to hit France again after carrying out the Paris attacks in November, but was forced to strike closer to home as police closed in, Belgian prosecutors said on Sunday.Investigations into the Islamic State attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, showed that many of the perpetrators lived in Belgium, including surviving suspects who managed to evade police for more than four months.
Prime suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested on March 18 in the Belgian capital. Four days later, suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train.“Numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist group initially had the intention to strike in France again,” Belgium’s federal prosecutor said in a statement.
“Surprised by the speed of progress in the investigation, they took the decision to strike in Brussels.”Belgian intelligence and security forces had been criticised abroad for not doing more to dismantle the militant cell, because of its links to the Paris attacks.
As of Friday, all publicly identified suspects were either in detention or dead, but Belgium remains on its second highest threat level, and Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government would remain alert.His comments were echoed by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said France would not be lowering its guard.
“This is a further sign of the very serious threat facing Europe as a whole and of course France in particular,” Valls told a news conference in Algiers.Abdeslam, born and raised in Belgium to Moroccan-born parents, told a magistrate he had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium in Paris in November, but backed out at the last minute. His brother Brahim blew himself up at a Paris cafe.
Another man linked to the Paris attacks, Mohamed Abrini, was arrested in Brussels on Friday and admitted to being the “man in the hat” captured on video walking into Brussels airport alongside two suicide bombers.Abrini, 31, has been charged with terrorist murders, prosecutors said.
Another main suspect who was seen alongside the suicide bomber in the Brussels metro, identified by prosecutors as Osama K, was also arrested on Friday in the Belgian capital.Osama K, 28, widely named by media as Swedish national Osama Krayem, was filmed buying the bags used to carry the Brussels bombs.
After Painful Week, Obama Urges Americans Not To Despair Over Divisions
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to view the United States as being riven into opposing groups, seeking to soothe raw emotions after a former U.S. soldier killed five policemen in Dallas and high-profile police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.“First of all, as painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested,” Obama, visiting Poland, told a news conference in Warsaw.
“When we start suggesting that somehow there’s this enormous polarization, and we’re back to the situation in the ’60s, that’s just not true,” Obama added. “You’re not seeing riots, and you’re not seeing police going after people who are protesting peacefully.”Authorities have named former U.S. Army Reserve soldier Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American, as the lone gunman in Thursday night’s sniper attack in Dallas, which came at the end of a march by hundreds of demonstrations decrying the fatal shootings by police of black men earlier in the week.
Officials said Johnson had embraced militant black nationalism and expressed anger over shootings by police as well as a desire to “kill white people, especially white officers.”
Dallas remained on edge on Saturday. The police headquarters and surrounding blocks were cordoned off and SWAT teams were deployed after police said they received an anonymous threat against officers across the city. The police said they searched a headquarters parking garage for a “suspicious person” but no suspect was found.Thursday’s rally in Dallas followed the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile, 32, near St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, and Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.
Obama, who is cutting short his European trip on Sunday to visit Dallas, said that “Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police, whether it’s in Dallas or any place else.”
He added they also are rightly saddened and angered about the deaths of Sterling and Castile, and about “the larger, persistent problem of African-Americans and Latinos being treated differently in our criminal justice system.”Obama, the first black U.S. president whose term in office ends next January, said he hopes he has been able to get all Americans to understand the nation’s difficult legacy of race.Obama said Americans cannot let the actions of a few define all.
“The demented individual who carried out those attacks in Dallas – he’s no more representative of African-Americans than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans, or the shooter in Orlando or San Bernardino were representative of Muslim-Americans,” Obama added, referring to a string of mass shootings in the past year.Seven other police officers and two civilians also were wounded in Dallas. Johnson was killed by a bomb-carrying robot deployed against him in a parking garage where he had holed up and refused to surrender during hours of negotiations with police, authorities said on Friday.
While Thursday’s attack stunned Dallas into mourning, it did not stop demonstrations on Saturday against killings by police, with protesters blocking major roads in various cities.In Baton Rouge, there were scuffles between riot police and demonstrators. In Minneapolis, hundreds of protesters marched along city streets, with many wearing red, according to organizers, to “symbolize the blood spilled” in the shooting of Castile and others by police.
There were protests in other cities including Washington, New York, San Francisco, Nashville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, Indiana. About a thousand demonstrators turned out in New York, where they stymied traffic on busy Fifth Avenue and shouted chants such as “No racist police, no justice, no peace.”
Police use of force, particularly against African-Americans, has come under intense scrutiny in the past two years because of a string of high-profile deaths in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to New York.Obama, who has been blocked by the Republican-led U.S. Congress in his bid for new gun-control measures, expressed new frustration over lax firearms laws in the United States, saying it is unique among advanced countries in the scale of violence it experiences.
“With respect to the issue of guns, I am going to keep on talking about the fact that we cannot eliminate all racial tension in our country overnight. We are not going to be able to identify ahead of time and eliminate every madman or troubled individual who might want to do harm against innocent people. But we can make it harder for them to do so,” Obama said.Illustrating the divide among Americans over gun rights, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Reuters that men like the Dallas gunman “are not going to be confined by a gun law that we pass.”Paxton, whose state has among the most permissive gun policies in America, added, “Our goal here in Texas is to protect law-abiding citizens. And since we cannot have a police force that guards every person, we want people to be able to protect themselves.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown on Friday said the gunman cited his anger over police killings during his protracted negotiations with police after the shootings.Johnson had served in the U.S. military in the Afghan war.A search of his home just outside Dallas found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics, though he had no previous criminal history, police said on Friday.
Tech-Savvy Patients From Gulf To China To Drive Philips Health
Demand from technology-savvy patients seeking control over their medical data will overcome privacy concerns about the “connected” products and services Philips is now focused on, its chief executive said.The success of the Dutch company’s decade-long transition from a consumer goods giant specializing in lighting to a seller of networked medical products will depend in part on whether Philips CEO Frans van Houten’s vision for healthcare is right.“Patients want access to data, and many providers… are skeptical,” Van Houten said in an interview, citing the results of a company-funded survey released Wednesday.Van Houten said change was inevitable, despite concerns over privacy and cyber-security, noting that younger doctors and patients are more willing to consider data-sharing, which he said leads to lower costs and better medical outcomes.
The study showed major markets including Germany and Japan are near the bottom of the list of those prepared to adopt connected technologies, which can give a joined-up picture of a patient’s overall health.Van Houten decided in 2014 to sell Philips Lighting in order to focus on health technology, a high-growth industry where he believes the company can command better margins, selling medical devices such as sleep apnea masks and high-end medical scanners to hospitals.Increasingly it offers data management, analysis and software to accompany these products.Philips raised $840 million from selling a 25 percent stake in its lighting business last month, and says its $1.2 billion acquisition of U.S. device maker Volcano Inc. last year is a model for its strategy of filling gaps in its portfolio.Wednesday’s survey is intended to bring “patient views and provider views together to… force the change in the ecosystem” Van Houten said.
Based on perceptions, behaviors and attitudes of nearly 28,000 patients and healthcare professionals, the survey found the United Arab Emirates was most willing to embrace healthcare system integration, with the Netherlands and China also ahead.Germany, Brazil and Japan had the lowest readiness.Van Houten declined to say whether Philips can meet an 11 percent adjusted EBITA margin target it has set for itself for this year. Analysts are skeptical after its first quarter margin was 6.8 percent, although Philips says improvements will be “backloaded” toward the second half of the year.“We’re working hard,” Van Houten said. “We’re not giving guidance today.”
Jimmy Carter Says he No Longer Needs Cancer Treatments
Former President Jimmy Carter said on Sunday that he will no longer need treatment for melanoma, a type of skin cancer that had spread to his liver and brain, a spokeswoman said.
The 91-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner will continue to be observed by doctors, but will not need treatment with a promising immunotherapy drug that helps the body\\\'s immune system target cancer cells, said Deanna Congileo, spokeswoman for his nonprofit public policy center, the Carter Center.
Congileo told Reuters in an email that if doctors find that the former president\\\'s cancer returns, he will resume treatment at Emory University\\\'s Winship Cancer Institute, where he received radiation and immunotherapy treatment from August 2015 through February, 2016. Doctors also surgically removed a portion of his liver where melanoma lesions were present.
The former president shared his news at a Sunday school class he teaches in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Congileo said.
Carter started treatment in August for melanoma that had spread from his liver to his brain. In December, he said he was cancer-free but that he would continue to receive treatment.
At the time, Carter said he would continue to receive regular doses of pembrolizumab, a new treatment that is part of a promising class of drugs that harness the body\\\'s immune system to fight cancer. The immunotherapy is manufactured by Merck & Co under the brand name Keytruda.
While about 30 percent of patients treated with the drug experience significant shrinkage of their cancer, only approximately 5 percent experience complete remission, said Dr. Marc Ernstoff, director of the melanoma program at the Cleveland Clinic\\\'s Taussig Cancer Institute in Ohio who is familiar with the drug but has not been involved with Carter\\\'s care.
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Carter, a Democrat, was elected president in 1976, and served only one term. He helped negotiate the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.
But his presidency was clouded by economic problems and the Iranian hostage crisis, and Carter lost his 1980 re-election bid to Republican Ronald Reagan.
He has since won worldwide acclaim as a humanitarian and advocate for democracy, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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